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Young peo­ple at risk of home­less­ness in the Welling­ton area will con­tinue to re­ceive sup­port with a fund­ing ex­ten­sion to Barnar­dos Aus­tralia’s Re­con­nect ser­vices through to 2022/23.

This fund­ing for Re­con­nect will en­sure the on­go­ing sup­port and as­sis­tance to young peo­ple who are home­less or at risk of be­ing home­less.

Re­con­nect ser­vices help to sta­bilise the lives of vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple by keep­ing them con­nected with their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. I’ve seen first-hand the dif­fer­ence this pro­gram can make to the lives of young peo­ple so this fund­ing ex­ten­sion is very wel­come news.

I en­cour­age any­one who knows some­one in a vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tion to use this ser­vice which can pro­vide coun­selling, fam­ily me­di­a­tion and prac­ti­cal sup­port to find ac­com­mo­da­tion for young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s long-term fund­ing of Re­con­nect is en­abling ser­vices to in­ter­vene be­fore cri­sis oc­curs.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided up to $117 mil­lion over five years to 102 Re­con­nect ser­vices across Aus­tralia, on top of an ad­di­tional $375 mil­lion to front­line home­less­ness ser­vices over the three years from 1 July 2018.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Re­con­nect ser­vices, call Barnar­dos Aus­tralia in Welling­ton on 6845 2164. Not-for-profit com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for fund­ing through the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Her­itage Grants Pro­gram. Grants of up to $15,000 are avail­able for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions such as his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties, re­gional mu­se­ums, pub­lic li­braries and Indige­nous and mi­grant com­mu­nity groups to as­sist in pre­serv­ing cul­tural her­itage col­lec­tions of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

This can in­clude:

• Sig­nif­i­cance as­sess­ments of col­lec­tions

• Preser­va­tion needs as­sess­ments of col­lec­tions

• Pur­chase of archival qual­ity stor­age ma­te­ri­als

• Preser­va­tion train­ing projects

• Con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing clean­ing, treat­ment or re­bind­ing

• Pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment

• Copy­ing of ma­te­rial once orig­i­nals have been pre­served

• Cat­a­logu­ing or col­lec­tion man­age­ment soft­ware.

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